The sugar and food ingredients giant Tate & Lyle has opened a new office in the Chinese city of Shanghai as it aims to better meet the needs of its customers across Asia. An application centre has also been opened by the multi-national firm with a view to testing and tailoring new products specifically for the Chinese market.
Tate & Lyle has a long history as a sugar refiner stretching back to 1869 and the north-west of England but in more recent years it has become a broadly-focussed agribusiness with operations around the world. Its new Shanghai offices are within the Caohejing Hi-Tech Development Zone just outside the centre of the city and close to Hongqiao International Airport.
The company’s vice president and general manager for speciality food ingredients in the Asia Pacific Adam Richardson described the setting up of a new office in one of China’s great cities as a reflection of Tate & Lyle’s commitment to delivering quality products to food manufacturers across the country.
“Our new Application Centre will help us improve our understanding of the needs of the Asian consumer, and ensure we can deliver on our core objective of helping our customers launch consistently winning products,” added Ping Chen, research and development director for Tate & Lyle in the Asia Pacific region.
The company is one of the largest agribusiness in the world, with 30 different production facilities, primarily in Europe and North America. Its international headquarters are located in central London but there are also Tate and Lyle corporate offices in Slovakia, Poland and in the United States.
Earlier this month the Netherlands-based provider of corporate management services and administration Orangefield opened its first office in Shanghai with a view to growing its presence in China and expanding its network of office bases in Asia.